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Lake Riviera Dams to be Replaced

State ordered dam replacements, Brick official says

Brick will spend about $1.5 million – half of which will be funded by the state – to replace two dams in Lake Riviera.

The move was approved at the Nov. 22 township council meeting, which will allow Marlin Construction Services of Jackson to begin performing the work to replace the Lake Riviera Dam and the Rainblow Lake Dam, both of which control the water level of Lake Riviera as it flows to Kettle Creek.

The dams are not necessarily in disrepair, said Business Administrator Scott Pezarras, but the state is requiring that Brick replace them because they are "earthened" dams. Pezarras said after major floods hit the state about seven years ago, a study was ordered to be completed on all of the state's dams, and earthened dams were placed high on a list of priorities.

The remainder of the cost of the project after the $700,000 from the state will be paid for under the township's capital budget, Pezarras said. Township officials are also negotiating over the price of easements that will be required for the new dams.

"We're in the process of negotiating those easements now," Pezarras said.

The dams themselves control the flow of water in the tidal lake, which eventually runs to Kettle Creek which, in turn, runs to Barnegat Bay. One of the dams controls the water level in a spillway behind an apartment complex on Brick Boulevard which backs up the lake, and another control the water which flows under Brick Boulevard.

Scott Pezarras December 02, 2011 at 01:36 PM
Sal You would have to contact the DEP on that one.I not sure what their mindset was behind the decision to go with a concrete spillway.
Scott Pezarras December 02, 2011 at 01:39 PM
Sal Yes I do agree with your logic, but you and I know laws and regulations are not always logical. Look at Davis-Bacon it creates higher costs for taxpayers to build any project to be built because we have to pay prevailing wage regardless of whther the vendor is a union shop or not. Does it make sense?
Concerned Brick Citizen December 02, 2011 at 02:13 PM
Commoncents... I enjoy pissing and moaning, but like I always stated I will give positive reinforcement when it is due. Sorry I don't have any faith in Birdsall due to personal experience. I know I may entertain or annoy with my commments. The Patch is a great source of entertainment versus sitting in front of a TV or wasting time in other ways. Consider this a reality show in text. What goes on here (The Brick Patch) affects all of us directly. But on a positive note: The best solution and fix would be to drain the lake, channel the water through a series of pipes into the bay. – Thus the water would be less polluted with no fertilizers, oils, pesticides and other bad run off. Fill in the land and build another shopping plaza or put up condos. Make this land a tax ratable instead of a tax drain. This has been done before in Brick I believe… The former Cost Cutters’ plaza.
Sal Petoia December 02, 2011 at 02:25 PM
Scott Okay... we can agree that sometimes things don't make sense. But if the job has to be done, why doesn't the county have to kick in? When the dam failed the last time, it was Brick Blvd (a county road) that incurred the most damage. Seems to me that they should have a stake in this as well.
Brokernj December 02, 2011 at 09:46 PM
If we have to spend the money. Wonder if it could be a small hyfro-electric that generates electric and some money too! Maybe theres a subsidized program to offset that cost too?

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